LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Aimed at reaching far-flung barangays in Pangasinan to deliver basic healthcare services, the I Love Pangasinan Kalusugan Karavan (ILPKK) wrapped up its 2nd season on December 13.
Having three rounds each week this year as spearheaded by Governor Amado I. Espino, III, First Lady Karina P. Espino, and Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman, the Kalusugan Karavan Season 2, which began on July 12 this year, has served 310 barangays in Pangasinan.
The following are the health services provided in the mobile health caravan: medical and pedia consultation, tooth extraction, supplemental feeding program, laboratory diagnostic examination – blood typing, RBS and urinalysis, TB control program – chest x-ray and exam, dog vaccination, water sanitation service, lectures on health programs. Added services for Kalusugan Karavan season 2 are the following: haircut, eye refraction and flu vaccination.
Based on the report of the PHO, the mobile health caravan has served a total of 34,560 day care pupils, students and senior citizens on its supplemental feeding program; 28,387 residents undergone medical consultations; 5,164 availed of dental services; and 4,836 received laboratory services free-of-charge – blood typing, random blood sugar (RBS) and urinalysis (UA).
Other programs with their beneficiaries are as follow: TB control program – sputum exam (498) and mobile chest x-ray (2,006); skin disease consultation (1,270); flu vaccination (691); hygiene kits distribution (1,341): usapang kalusugan (1,935 lactating/ pregnant mothers); rabies control program – dog vaccination (939 dogs; 22 cats); Information Education Communication (2,203); eye-checkup with eyeglasses (5,289); referral for cataract (232); and haircut (4,482). Thus, the health caravan provided a total of 94,395 medical services on its 2nd season.
Earlier, Mrs. Espino reiterated that the provincial government is committed to its vision – “to make Pangasinan the home of the healthiest Filipinos.”
Dr. De Guzman bared that the provincial government is set to purchase Mobile Diagnostic Bus to further upgrade the medical services availed by barangay folks of the province.
Accordingly, this mobile bus, equipped with ultrasound, ECG, X-ray machines and other laboratory apparatus for minor surgeries is set to operate on the 3rd season of Kalusugan Karavan which is expected to roll off in February next year. (Shiela Mae C. De Guzman)
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